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History

History

THE EARLY DAYS

Southall Football Club was founded in 1871. The first recorded game was a 1-0 defeat against Uxbridge played at Southall Park on October 21st 1871.

LIFE IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE

The FA Cup was first entered in the 1873-74 season, with the first victory in the competition coming the following season when we beat Leyton 5-0 after a 0-0 draw at Southall Park.

THE ATHENIAN YEARS AND CUPS EXPLOITS

The next 20 years were spent playing friendly matches against teams in London and the Home Counties together with one season in the West London League in 1892-93.

THE ISTHMIAN LEAGUE AND WEMBLEY STADIUM

The first piece of Silverware was won in 1887 - the West Middlesex Cup, overcoming Uxbridge Crescents 1-0 in the final

PAST FAMOUS PLAYERS

5 Renowned footballers, Les Ferdinand, Justin Fashanu and Alan Devonshire all played for Southall F.C

THE EARLY DAYS

Southall Football Club was founded in 1871, the first recorded game being a 1-0 defeat against Uxbridge played at Southall Park on October 21st 1871. The FA Cup was first entered in the 1873-74 season, with their first victory in the competition coming the following season when they beat Leyton 5-0 after a 0-0 draw at Southall Park. The next 20 years were spent playing friendly matches against teams in London and the Home Counties together with one season in the West London League in 1892-93. The First piece of Silverware was won in 1887 when Southall won the West Middlesex Cup overcoming Uxbridge Crescents 1-0 in the final.

LIFE IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Southall were accepted into the Southern League for the 1896-97 season and remained there for nine seasons. The club achieved little success but at this time competed on equal terms with the likes of Watford, Fulham, Brighton and Thames Iron-Works, now known as West Ham. The Club turned professional for their final season in the Southern League and this venture cost the club dear. Faced with mounting debts Southall withdrew from all competition for the following season. The club was reformed as a junior club through local club Southall Athletic and moved into a new enclosed ground at western Road. After reinstatement of senior status the Great Western Suburban League was entered in September 1907 and the club remained there until the outbreak of the First World War. During this period the league title was won in the 1912-13 season and both the Middlesex senior and charity cups were won for the first time.

THE ATHENIAN YEARS AND CUPS EXPLOITS

Southall were then elected into the Athenian League in September 1919 and the next ten years was the most successful period in the history of the club. The Athenian League Championship was won in the 1926-27 season, the Middlesex senior cup was won four times and the Middlesex Charity Cup three times.

SFC_1924-440On a national level Southall reached the final of the Amateur Cup in the 1924-25 season only to be defeated 2-1 by Clapton in front of 25230 spectators at the ground of Millwall FC. Two seasons later Southall reached the semi final of the same competition, but were beaten in a replay by Leyton.

The first round proper of the FA CUP was reached three times with no success. The 1935-36 season was an extraordinary one in the history of the club. Progress in cup matches was so extensive that by the start of February Southall had played 22 consecutive cup-ties. Southall became the first amateur side to battle all the way from the extra preliminary round of the FA CUP and reach the third round proper. It was a superb run that saw them defeat Division Three South side Swindon Town 3-1 in the first round and then trounce fellow non leaguers Newport (iow) by 8-0 to earn a third round game against Watford. This time in front of a record home crowd of 19094 Southall were defeated 4-1. Southall actually won nothing that season and as a result of their cup exploits they played 23 matches in 32 days to complete the Athenian League commitments including two matches on the same day on two occasions. It was not until the 1952-53 season that Southall again hit the headlines. The team battled past Saltash, Bishop Auckland, Wealdstone and Romford to reach the semi final of the Amateur Cup. Here Southall met the renown Universities side Pegasus. The game took place at Highbury and the game ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw in front of 29982 spectators. Southall lost the replay 2-1 the following week at craven cottage.

THE ISTHMIAN LEAGUE AND WEMBLEY STADIUM

The 1960’s was a quiet period in the history of the club and in 1973 Southall were elected into the newly formed second division of the Isthmian League. In their second season in that competition Southall achieved promotion for the first time in their history when they finished as runners up to Staines Town. Three seasons in the top flight followed, the highest position achieved being 14th in 1976-77. It was this same season that future England midfielder Alan Devonshire joined West Ham United for £5000 then a record for a player leaving an Isthmian League Club. Consecutive relegations followed into the bottom tier of the Isthmian League and in the 1985-86 season, Southall again gained national recognition when they reached the FA Vase Final. Southall, with future England International Les Ferdinand in the side, lost 3-0 to Halesowen Town. Southall suffered a major body blow in 1992 when they were forced to vacate their Western Road ground and since that time Southall has ground shared at several venues.